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Shape Optimization Design of Brackets Connecting Girders of an Internal Bulkhead and Pressure Hull Under External Pressure

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Chengtao Jiang, Yuansheng Cheng, Shangdi Gao

Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China

Wei Xiao, Qijian He

China Ship Development and Design Center, Wuhan, China

Paper No. OMAE2017-61617, pp. V03BT02A029; 8 pages
  • ASME 2017 36th International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering
  • Volume 3B: Structures, Safety and Reliability
  • Trondheim, Norway, June 25–30, 2017
  • Conference Sponsors: Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5766-3
  • Copyright © 2017 by ASME


In order to decrease the local high stress in the brackets which connect to the horizontal and vertical girders of an internal bulkhead and submersible pressure shell, the mathematical models for the shape optimization of the brackets are proposed. In the study, stress analysis of the pressure hull structure including an internal bulkhead and brackets with coarse mesh is firstly conducted, then the submodeling technique is further employed to analyze the refinement stress distribution of the brackets with refined mesh. The boundary shapes of the brackets are assumed as the design variables while the maximum stress of the bracket is treated as objective function to be minimized in the shape optimization problem. The proposed mathematical model is solved by using analysis code Hyperworks/Optistruct and optimal shapes of the brackets are obtained. Results of the shape optimization show that the optimized bracket types can effectively reduce the level of stress. Therefore, the proposed method can be referred to similar structure designs.

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